Operator needed for Felixstowe seafront restaurant

The search is on to find an operator to run a new café/restaurant being planned for the South Seafront in Felixstowe.

The opportunity to take on the new A3 restaurant/café is available after East Suffolk Council commissioned a new landmark building, designed by Plaice Design Co Architects, of Woodbridge.

Construction is proposed to start later this year and 3,800 sq ft premises will comprise predominantly of the restaurant/café area with views out to sea. The structure will also offer outdoor dining as well as a community meeting space.

Leisure property specialist Fleurets is marketing the restaurant opportunity, seeking rental offers.

Simon Jackaman, divisional director at Fleurets, said: “The design and concept of this opportunity is very impressive. This part of Felixstowe has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years and is a popular part of the town, with nearby attractions, such as Landguard Fort, that bring many visitors to this end of the town. I fully expect that there will be interest from across the UK, from both corporate and independent operators.”

The prospective operator will also have the opportunity to contribute towards both the internal layout and design, with the property expected to be completed by spring 2021.

Planning permission for the new building was granted in September 2018, with the proposal being that East Suffolk Council will build the premises for an operator to come in to run the business.

This is part of an ongoing package of investments into enhancing the facilities in Felixstowe. In the South Seafront area the Martello Park development has already delivered new homes, a play park and car parking facilities.

This development is complemented by the multi-million pound investment in restoring the iconic Seafront Gardens, as well as the recent refurbishment of the public shelters along the seafront.

East Suffolk deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, Cllr Craig Rivett, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for an operator to come in and play an active part in the resurgence of Felixstowe. There is a real buzz about the town, with visitor numbers booming, supported by the ongoing multi-million pound package of improvements.

“Felixstowe is now getting national recognition as one of the top seaside destinations to visit in this country. The striking design of this building is based around strong coastal themes and sympathetically balances its sensitive location, while also being an iconic visual draw to this area. This is one of those rare occasions where the council is the developer. East Suffolk Council is committed to building on the growing confidence in Felixstowe to create developments that benefit local people and visitors alike.”

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